During a long career in Local Government, I progressed to various senior positions but always felt something of a square peg in a round hole. When the call went out for redundancy volunteers, I seized my opportunity to move on.
When starting a Foundation Course at Reigate School of Art and Design, I had little idea of how far it could take me. In fact, it opened the door for a Fine Art Degree at the University College for the Creative Arts, Farnham, where I had the stimulating and inspirational experience of studying with 90 young and mature students. My First Class Degree gained me funding from the Arts & Humanities Research Board to go on to a Master’s Degree at Wimbledon School of Art. How lucky was that!
Since then I’ve explored many ways of making art through painting, photography and video, restlessly learning and experimenting with different artistic languages – representational and abstract. Recurring themes in my work are a fascination with people and places, in how they appear, their histories and what lies beneath the surface.
In my current paintings, I use all manner of natural and made materials from plants, string and card, to fabric, plaster, gravel and sand, collaged together to create imagined landscapes. The making process gathers its own momentum and I love the excitement of seeing how the very different materials work together and respond to paint.
I’ve exhibited widely in solo and group shows, and enjoy receiving feedback on my work.